Table of Contents: July 2015

The Rainmakers
For our 2015 Rainmakers, success isn't just about fame and fortune. It's also about making a contribution to the logistics field and advancing the profession.
Roll out the barrels—with care Roll out the barrels—with care
For New Belgium Brewing Co., new dock equipment evened out bumpy transitions for lift-truck drivers, cutting down on damage to product and equipment.
Is Amazon a 3PL? Is Amazon a 3PL?
As Amazon expands into logistics services, the giant retailer is taking on more of the characteristics of a third-party logistics (3PL) company. How might that shape the industry's competitive landscape?
Bitter medicine Bitter medicine
As new federal track and trace requirements begin rolling out, the pharmaceutical supply chain confronts the challenge of managing a flood of data.
Warehouse space, by the drink Warehouse space, by the drink
Need DC space for a seasonal surge or a quick-hit market opportunity? Flexe may have a deal for you.
Scanners get a new image Scanners get a new image
Falling camera prices trigger a shakeup in auto ID world, with the old 1-D laser bar-code readers giving way to sophisticated image-based scanners.

Fastlane: Mission improbable?
With the Panama Canal expansion nearing completion, Nicaragua is forging ahead with plans to build its own canal. But the project's hardly a slam dunk.
Outbound: A breeze of change
In the 1980s, the wind of change blew through the transportation industry in the form of deregulation. Thirty-five years later, more deregulatory moves are afoot.
Basic Training: Objects in mirror are closer than they appear
Though intended for drivers, the warning applies equally to business relationships. That is, what we think we see may not be a wholly accurate depiction of reality.
Scout strikes gold with patriotic pallets
Utah boy turns old pallets into decorative flags to raise money.
Autonomous-truck corridor could connect Alaska and Mexico
Group proposes I-83 as a freight route for driverless trucks.
Women's groups honor logistics leaders
Top award goes to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
How to cut costs by capping greenhouse gases
Environmental Defense Fund handbook offers tips for reducing emissions while saving money.
"Nutty" idea would trim packaging costs
Italian chocolatier sees a way to convert hazelnut shells into product packaging.
Logistics gives back
Here's our monthly roundup of some of the charitable works and donations by companies in the material handling and logistics space
Lift truck welders demonstrate they can keep their cool under pressure
Contest crowns top craftsmen at The Raymond Corp.
Florida college unveils "SCM Express" degree program
Flexible classes target working adults.
enVista forms cloud commerce company for small business
Enspire Commerce offers single software platform for online retailers.
JDA taps Google to host omnichannel software solutions
Supply chain software providers continue march to the cloud.
Hyster and Yale parent consolidates competing dealers
NMHG expands dual-brand dealer network in Southeast.
"State of Logistics Report": U.S. business logistics costs hit $1.45 trillion in 2014, up 3.1 percent from 2013
Logistics costs accounted for 8.3 percent of U.S. GDP last year, according to annual report issued by Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
Colorado startup plans to accelerate supply chain computing
Smart chips could deliver real-time decisions in any location.